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Cap Gemini Forms Global Alliance With Microsoft

Cap Gemini Group Friday formed a global alliance with Microsoft to deliver a range of e-commerce and other Windows 2000-based solutions to businesses.

Cap Gemini says the alliance will help the group to speed up the delivery of complex systems with relatively low risk.

Pierre Hessler, one of Cap Gemini Group's Executive Board, said that the group had gained an insight into Microsoft's future enterprise strategy while working closely with the software leader.

"We now have the opportunity to expand this strategic partnership on a global basis," said Hessler.

Hessler went on to say that he believes Windows 2000 would open up new market opportunities and create new areas of business. Cap Gemini is convinced that the "Store of the Future" will be based on Microsoft's ActiveStore architecture and the Microsoft enterprise solutions platform.

Cap Gemini's partnership with Microsoft will cover not only Windows 2000 enterprise infrastructure and the retail market but also knowledge management and electronic commerce.

In knowledge management, Cap Gemini plans to focus on developing a knowledge platform as a basis for enterprise-scale information sharing, enhanced with its current InfoWeb offering.

In e-commerce, Cap Gemini plans a range of business-to-consumer transaction systems, along the lines of its current Infomediary-in-a-Box service. In fact, Infomediary-in-a-Box will now be based on Microsoft's enterprise solutions platform.

The support from one of Europe's top IT services groups will be very welcome in a tough week for Microsoft. Earlier this week Microsoft's shares slumped by $2 billion on news that the EU was scrutinizing Windows 2000 for antitrust violations.